Exemption from Consumer Package Travel Legislation
Directive 90/314 on package travel, package holidays and package tours establishes a minimum set of rules regulating package travel contracts in the Member States. A package travel is a pre-arranged combination of at least two of the following services: transport, accommodation and other non-ancillary services. That combination must be sold or offered for sale at an inclusive price, covering a period of more than 24 hours or including overnight accommodation.
Directive 90/314 is currently under review by the European Commission.
GEBTA advocates for the full exclusion of managed business travel from the scope of the revised Package Travel Directive, which should exclusively apply to persons acting for purposes that are not related to their trade, craft, business or profession. GEBTA considers that such an exemption is necessary and justified; given that travel management contracts under which managed business travel operates are fundamentally different from package travel contracts.